Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2022 BMW X5 M VS 2022 Maserati Levante Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2022 BMW X5 M

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2022 Maserati Levante

Safety Comparison

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The X5 M’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Levante doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The BMW X5 M has standard driver and front passenger side knee airbags mounted low on the dashboard. These airbags helps prevent the driver and front passenger from sliding under their seatbelts or the main frontal airbags; this keeps them better positioned during a collision for maximum protection. Knee airbags also help keep the legs from striking the dashboard, preventing knee and leg injuries in the case of a serious frontal collision. The Levante doesn’t offer knee airbags.

The X5 M has a standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Levante doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The X5 M has standard Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Levante doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The X5 M’s standard lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. A lane departure warning system costs extra on the Levante.

The X5 M’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Levante doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X5 M and the Levante have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the X5 M the rating of “Top Pick” for 2021, a rating granted to only 145 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Levante has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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The X5 M’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Levante’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 M for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Maserati doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Levante.

There are over 3 times as many BMW dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X5 M’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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The X5 M has more powerful engines than the Levante:

Horsepower

Torque

X5 M 4.4 turbo V8

600 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

X5 M Competition 4.4 turbo V8

617 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

Levante GT 3.0 turbo V6

345 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Levante Modena 3.0 turbo V6

424 HP

428 lbs.-ft.

Levante Modena S 3.8 turbo V8

550 HP

538 lbs.-ft.

Levante Trofeo 3.8 turbo V8

580 HP

538 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regenerative brakes improve the X5 M’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Levante doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X5 M’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Levante:

X5 M

Levante GT

Levante S/GTS/Trofeo

Front Rotors

15.6 inches

13.6 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the X5 M has larger tires than the Levante (F:295/35R21 & R:315/30R21 vs. 265/45R20). The X5 M’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Levante (F:295/35R21 & R:315/30R21 vs. F:265/45R20 & R:295/40R20).

The X5 M’s 295/35R21 front and 315/30R21 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Levante’s standard 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the X5 M has standard 21-inch wheels. Smaller 20-inch wheels are standard on the Levante Modena S.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The X5 M has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Levante doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The X5 M offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Maserati doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Levante.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the X5 M is 2.8 inches wider in the front and .1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Levante.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The X5 M has .6 inches more front headroom, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 2.8 inches more rear legroom and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X5 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Levante with its rear seat up (33.9 vs. 20.5 cubic feet). The X5 M has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Levante with its rear seat folded (72.3 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

The X5 M’s cargo area is larger than the Levante’s in almost every dimension:

X5 M

Levante

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.7”/70”

40.5”/74.5”

Max Width

49”

46.7”

Min Width

44”

39.5”

Height

31.5”

n/a

Pulling a handle automatically lowers the X5 M’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Levante doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

The X5 M’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Levante’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Levante, the X5 M has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The X5 M has a standard heads-up display that projects speed, tachometer, warning and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Levante doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X5 M offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Levante.

The X5 M’s Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The Levante doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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The BMW X5 outsold the Maserati Levante by almost 17 to one during the 2021 model year.

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